Talk:Petr Beckmann

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Anybody with some knowledge on the subject wanna explain what was so flawed with his take on relativism? Thank you.--brxbrx-brxbrx 23:10, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Here's a discussion of various relativity crankiness, including Beckmann. --MarkGall (talk) 23:34, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
I will read it, and maybe add it to the article. Right now i don't feel like it. Thank you--brxbrx-brxbrx 23:36, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
I can try to help out too, though I've never looked at this stuff. His pi book is pretty good though, used as a reference a couple places here. --MarkGall (talk) 23:38, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Relativity crankery[edit]

It occurs to me that RW could use a proper page on relativity denialists (e.g. Beckmann and Bethell; I don't mean legitimate suggestions for improving the theory, just the various sanity-impaired alternatives.) The relativity page looks is a nice intro but doesn't say a whole lot about lunatic "competing" theories. With JJ hanging around, at this point RW hosts more relativity crankery than debunking thereof. I'll think about some of the easier stuff, but I'm no physicist so some might be beyond me. Maybe User:Gauss would be interested if he's around at all? --MarkGall (talk) 23:48, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

I've found some interesting articles on the anti-relativity movement writing on Tom Bethell. I'll make a topic in the bar to get some physics types on board. Nebuchadnezzar (talk) 05:52, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

A History of Pi[edit]

Anyone ever read it? I bought it on a clearance rack awhile ago, not knowing who he was (I later looked him up). The scientific aspects of the book mostly have merit (I think there are a few jabs at Einstein in there), but he makes his political position very obvious in the preface (I seem to recall that the back of the title page included a disclaimer from the publisher, saying that while his political views may appear out-of-touch with the times, they included it for the sake of completeness. I also seem to recall a similar disclosure in some of Lewis Carroll's writings on logic, which include some rather racist logical syllogisms involving "Jewes"). --Sethpeck (talk) 18:41, 11 November 2011 (UTC)


Is there any rational reason at all to think that the negative responses to Dr. Beckmann are related to his politics rather than the soundness of his science?— Unsigned, by: / talk